2020 March Madness Odds
The Cancellation Of March Madness 2020
The 2019-2020 college basketball season is over. The 2020 NCAA Tournament was abruptly cancelled on Thursday, the logical end result which followed a series of cancellations of the various conference tournaments across the country. There will be no Final Four, no national championship game, and no college basketball champion for the season. The offseason has begun, and the various coach firings and hirings have commenced. Let’s look back at how this happened, and what other college sports news has emerged in recent days.
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 12, 2020
The Timeline Of How It Got Canceled
The conference tournaments played games on Wednesday, March 11. The Big Ten, SEC, Big East, Pac-12, ACC, Big 12, along with several smaller conferences, played their early-round games. The plan was then to play conference tournament games Thursday through Sunday in front of empty arenas. The various conferences were going to play tournament games with players, coaches, essential team staffs, referees, and media in arenas, not fans. The Big 12 allowed very small groups of fans (under 150) to attend.
Then, however, came the news Wednesday night that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz of the NBA had contracted coronavirus. This was accompanied by the postponement of an NBA game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Soon after the Gobert news, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the suspension of the 2020 NBA season, with no clear resumption date. Later in the week, the NBA announced that it would take a hiatus of at least 30 days.
All of this news, combined with the subsequent revelation that Gobert’s teammate on the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell, had also come down with the coronavirus, changed the situation for college basketball. The various conference tournaments cancelled their tournaments on Thursday morning. The last tournament to play a game, the Big East, cancelled its tournament at halftime of the Big East quarterfinal game between St. John’s and Creighton. That wound up being the last half of the entire college basketball season early Thursday afternoon.
Kansas and Duke announced that they would not participate in the NCAA Tournament next week, a move to protect player health and safety in advance of the NCAA Tournament. At that point in time, it was guaranteed that the NCAA Tournament would not start on time. Many people thought the NCAA would postpone the NCAA Tournament three or four weeks and then see if a resumption could occur in late April. However, a survey of all the emerging details around the country led the NCAA to the decision that it had to cancel the NCAA Tournament and not create any suggestion that a resumption was possible. The season is over.
Spring Sports Also Suspended
The NCAA’s cancellation of its revenue-producing basketball tournament was accompanied by an announcement that all spring sports would be cancelled as well, with no possibility of playing. The baseball College World Series in June is therefore the most high-profile event to be wiped off the calendar. Softball, lacrosse, wrestling, and other sports whose seasons were in progress without a champion being determined will not resume. Those seasons are over as well. There are attempts to consider giving athletes an added year of eligibility in response to the abrupt cessation of the college sports season for various sports. Everyone is wondering if college football in 2020 is in jeopardy. No decisions have yet been made.
Here are the final 2019-20 College Basketball Championship Odds from BetOnline – Updated: 03/10/2020. These are the odds from when the tournament was canceled.
|Win NCAA Championship||Odds|
|San Diego State||+1500|
Check out the daily College Basketball Odds
- Mar 12 – NCAA Cancels Tourney because of COVID-19 Concerns
- Mar 4 – The Jayahawks earned all 64 first-place votes from the Associated Press and are now at +500 in terms of the National Championship futures.
- Feb 26 – Kansas continue its streak of dominance beating Oklahoma St. by more than 20 points. Duke and Louisville odds' slip to 1400 a piece.
- Feb 23 – Kansas narrowly beat Baylor, solidifying their position at the top of the odds at +650. Baylor still remains ranked No. 2.
- Feb 17 – Baylor extends their winning streak to a Big 12 record 23 games in a row and their odds hit +700.
- Feb 10 – Kansas has slipped and is now in a 4-way futures tie for best odds to win along with Duke, Gonzaga, and Baylor. Louisville has also lost ground at +1300.
- Feb 03 – No. 1 ranked Kansas have the best odds of winning the tournament at +800. Duke is not far behind at +800. Baylor, Louisville and Gonzaga are equal at +1000.
- Preseason – Michigan State starts the season as the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 and as the favorite to win it all at +650.